Regan played a BIG role in the creation of this non-profit!
In 2010, while Josh and Courtney were in Uganda adopting their son, Owen Mukisa, they met a very sick little boy named Regan at a the same orphanage. Unsure of what was going on with his health, but aware of how ill he seemed, they assumed he had something like TB, malaria, or AIDS. He had an IV that stayed in his hand at all times to give him fluids, he was too weak to bare weight on his legs, and he couldn’t speak. It was a painful reality that hit home for Josh and Courtney, as Owen was blessed enough to be going home to a family that would provide for him and love him, but Regan and many others would have to stay behind.
After establishing a relationship with the nurse, Josh asked her what was wrong with Regan, and she told him that he was diagnosed with pneumonia – something that Josh and Courtney had seen treated easily so many times in the US. The nurse explained that the doctor prescribed a medication that they could not afford, and when he asked her what the medication was… Josh began to cry. A few weeks prior to their departure, the pediatric clinic he worked for was having to throw out several vials of the exact drug she needed due to the expiration date - a broad range antibiotic called Rocephin.
Josh told her he’d be right back, and went to his room where he had stashed the medication. Thankfully, on that day that the clinic got rid of the medication, Josh asked permission to take it with him, and the doctors loved the idea! Neither Josh or the nurse could believe that the very drug Regan needed was going to be discarded… but was donated to them instead.
Over the next few days, it was still touch and go for Regan. But, on the fourth day… Josh walked out of his room and was surprised by one of the greatest sights he had ever seen. Their son, Owen, and Regan were playing together and laughing. He couldn’t believe that he was looking at the same child! By the time they left, Regan was well on his way to becoming healthy!
Regan was so close to death that Josh and Courtney were afraid to check on him… but the Lord had other plans for this amazing little boy. They were so blessed to be a part of Regan’s life for the few days they were at the orphanage, and they were honored to see God work a miracle right in front of their eyes.
Regan’s life inspired Josh and Courtney so much that they went home and started collecting more supplies. Before they knew it…the supply donors and recipients had grown so much that in 2013, they agreed it was time to become a 501c3. Now, each month continues to bring new donors and each day brings new people in need. Regan’s story is changing the lives of so many people that it is hard to accurately number them! From disaster relief to individuals being released from the hospital in the DFW metroplex, Mission Regan is there to provide for those in need. Whether it is a wheelchair for a veteran being released after an amputation or a 40 foot shipping container being filled and shipped to a 3rd world country, Mission Regan is there to meet needs. And it all started with a very sick little boy…